Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The only trouble we've been having is with Charlie's eating. For the last month or so he's been having some sort of difficulty with the bottle. (He has no problem taking his binky or sucking his thumb.) He'll take a bit of formula, then start to cry, shake his head, thrust his tongue out, flail his arms, kick his legs. He cries when he doesn't have the bottle and then cries when we offer it to him again. He does this essentially at every single feeding every day. We've tried everything - reflux meds, faster flow nipples, different formula, feeding him in different positions, etc. Nothing has helped. It is sad and frustrating, to say the least! The pediatrician finally recommended that we see a GI doctor to have Charlie's suck/swallow coordination evaluated. I'm glad to have that looked into, unfortunately the GI doctor he suggested is booked until June. June! So I'm on the hunt for a new specialist - I just hope they can help.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Next nap was a bit easier - I swaddled them both right away, rocked Lily (who went to sleep almost immediately) then picked up Charlie and rocked him for a minute or two (but he didn't really need it, as he's pretty good as self-soothing with his binky - I just wanted to be fair!). They slept again for about 40 minutes, then did it again for another 40 later in the afternoon. Woo hoo! I was afraid this good napping was beginner's luck and was sure I'd be in for it today, but right now they are on their second crib nap of the day! I really hope they can keep it up! If we can get the napping down pat, my next goal is to work on getting them to bed a little earlier. Right now we try to feed them their last bottle around 8:00 pm and get them to bed by 9:00 pm. I'd like to start getting them to bed by 7:30 or 8:00 pm so we'll see about that soon.
Sweet dreams, babies!
(PS: Joe is going to make fun of the amount of exclamation points in this post, but I don't care! Sleep is exciting!!!!)
Charlie and Mommy sneak in a cuddle. (And yeah, I'm aware that I look about 12 in this picture.)
Charlie and Lily playing in their rocker. They won't be able to fit in there together much longer!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
My preppy boy. That smirk is going to attract ALL the girls.
Not to be outdone, Lily shows off her Miss America smile.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Charlie may be ahead in the laughing game, but Lily is in the lead with solids. While she's certainly not eating her cereal with any regularity, the last few times she's had it she has definitely swallowed a few mouthfuls. She does seem to like it. Charlie seems to like the taste too, but he simply will not swallow it! No worries though - they are still a little young for solids so we'll just keep working and getting them used to the spoon and all that.
We are also working on rolling. While they both seem close to rolling from back to front, I know the books say that babies roll front to back first. (Ooooh - as I was typing this, Lily rolled from back to front!! She had a tiny bit of help as she was in this rocking toy and had a bit of an incline, but still!! Yay!) So I've increased the amount of tummy time they do to help them move in that direction. Lily is a tummy time champ! She is SO strong. She pushes up on her arms and gets into a crawling position. She'll be on the move in no time ;) Charlie doesn't much enjoy tummy time - he usually gets really mad and cries. But the madder he gets the more he moves, pushes up, etc, so I guess it's not a bad thing. Both babies have great head control and leg strength. They push down nice and strong with their legs and will "stand" when we hold them up. They are our super babies!
Speaking of super babies, please help us support the March of Dimes. We're putting together a team for this spring's March for Babies - check out the info here.
On Sunday we wrapped up Joe's birthday weekend. Grandma and Grandpa watched the babies while Joe and I went out to dinner with Uncle John and Aunt Rebecca, then we all gathered at our house for some ice cream cake. Once again, Charlie and Lily helped Daddy blow out the candles.
Lily also helped blow up the balloons. Look at that lung strength! Ventilator? What ventilator? (Yeah, don't call the authorities - the balloon was sitting in her lap and she was surprised by it - the picture ended up looking like she was blowing it up!)
Monday, January 11, 2010
The annual March of Dimes March for Babies walk is coming to our town and we can't wait to be a part of it! We've assembled Team Three Cheers for Babies and we're hoping you can join us! The walk will take place on April 25, 2010 in Mercer County Park in Hamilton, NJ. Head to our personal March of Dimes web page to join our team, then start collecting donations and/or recruiting other walkers. If you can't join us but would still like to help, feel free to make a donation to MOD through our web page. I set our team goal as $5,000 - I know we can do it!
(For those who sign up to walk with us - we'll keep you informed of all walk details with email updates, etc. as we get closer to the date. If you collect donations prior to the walk, please bring them with you to the event. Thank you
Friday, January 8, 2010
Charlie and Lily wore shirts to let Daddy know how awesome he is! Lily's says, "I love Daddy and Daddy loves me" and Charlie's says, "My Daddy Rocks!"
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The next day, Charlie and Lily started solids. Their pediatrician gave us the go to start rice cereal, so on Tuesday we gave it our first try. It was interesting, to say the least! Our mistake was offering it to them before their bottles. While Charlie was happy to try whatever mommy wanted him to, Lily would have none of it. She was MAD that she had on her bib but no bottle. She screamed, cried and twisted so much that we couldn't really get any of the cereal in her mouth. Charlie got it in his mouth, but simply held it there, smiled, and spit it out. He was so cute though! We've been working on the cereal daily since then and we're making a little improvement. Yesterday I started mixing in a little applesauce for taste and they definitely like that better. And this morning Lily actually swallowed a few small bites. Baby steps!
Yesterday the babies went to the pediatrician for their 6 month well visit and some shots. Both babies are getting big! Lily weighed 11 lbs 6 oz and Charlie is 13 lbs 2 oz. The doctor said that they are in the 50th percentile for their adjusted age and we're happy with that! They are also meeting all the 3-month milestones and getting close to some more advanced ones - both babies are SO close to rolling over! We're hoping they do it any day now. Charlie has started babbling and cooing a lot - it's adorable! They both press down on their feet really well when we hold them up and they are tracking object with their eyes like champs. And sleeping - oh the sleeping! For 6 out of the past 7 nights the babies have slept through the night! Life is good when that happens. We are so, so proud of our super babies!
Charlie doesn't know what Mommy is putting in his mouth, but he's happy to give it a try.
Lily wants none of it. "Just give me the bottle!!!!"